And speaking of headstones and other memorials to the dearly departed, Fred Reed published an article September 29th in Bank Note Reporter calling for assistance in creating a memorial to numismatist Matt Rothert. The article is now available on the Numismaster site. Here are some excerpts. -EditorThe article last year on 50th anniversary of former ANA President Matt Rothert's successful campaign to have the religious sentiment "In God We Trust" emblazoned on our paper money was much appreciated by friends and family members of the deceased legendary numismatist.
Matthew Rothert Jr., Matt's son who now lives in Michigan, and who with other family members had received copies of the article from his sister, Mrs. Taft. Matt Jr. also wrote me a nice note. "Thanks for your interest in my Dad and even going to Camden - no easy drive I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock.
"You might already know this, but if not, on Dad's tombstone in the Camden Cemetery, it has his name and 'In God We Trust." Also in Hot Springs, Ariz., there is a sidewalk block that gives him credit. "However, I do believe it very important to give Dad some credit in Camden, and thank you for your efforts," he added.
All of this leads up to my suggestion in the previous column that someone, some group of individuals, some numismatic organization, or even one of our many fine dealers, partner with the City of Camden - who would be very responsive, I was told - to erecting a suitable memorial to Mr. Rothert in the center of the City of Camden, Rothert's hometown.
The cost is small. The local preservationist told me $1,000 to $2,000. And the payback would be great.
So once again I put the fleece out there. It's few of us collectors who can ever have the impact on the world at large that numismatist Matt Rothert had. It's now been more than a half century since he reshaped our nation's paper money. Isn't it high time that our hobby memorialize his achievement for posterity?
If you are interested, I can put you in contact with the appropriate parties.
So whaddaya say readers - will some of you chip in? -Editor
To read the complete article, see: Feds Look to Second Anti-Photographic Ink (http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=5361)
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